If you've gained a favored position and find yourself relying on worldly accomplishments, remember who our example of humility is-Jesus Christ. Though He had equal status with God, He did not cling to His awesome perks. He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the role of a slave by becoming human. Then, just as amazing, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He lived a selfless, obedient life, then died a selfless, obedient death. Because of His obedience, God honored Him far above anyone or anything else, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth-even those long ago dead and buried-will bow in worship before Jesus, calling out in praise that He is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
There are several principles that enable believers to honor God with a humble spirit:
· Listening allows us to hear what God, His Word, the Holy Spirit and others are trying to tell us.
· Self-examination allows us to prayerfully process decisions and events, helping us choose the right response.
· Confession allows us to cast off sin and guilt as we admit we're nothing without His strength, forgiveness, mercy and love.
Putting these three attitudes into practice as we follow Jesus Christ will definitely change the way we view success. It can be difficult to show humility when you're succeeding in life and living well. Maybe you're a stellar athlete, a computer genius or an outstanding artist. Maybe you're the one others always look up to. Considering yourself more important than others or bragging about your position in life sets you up for a fall. God wants you to be your best without being proud or arrogant. I love the old Native American saying, "When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice."
Genuine humility is what prompts us to give heartfelt thanks and to favor others more than ourselves. In summary, the two most important words: "Thank you." The most important word: "We." The least important word: "I."
The above noted character quality is an excerpt from Rod Handley's latest book, "Character Counts For Quiet Time and Small Groups" (Volume 1).In addition to sixteen different character qualities, you get a number of Scripture references and appropriate small group discussion questions. This book is perfect for any age, giving helps on how to live out the Christian life. It's retail price is $6.95. Additional character qualities will be put into future volumes.